What to watch, what's new and what everyone is talking about — Valentine's Day edition: Russian Doll, Pose and Abducted In Plain Sight
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For couples who are into forensic and crime dramas: Abducted In Plain Sight
Cast: Jan Broberg and a paedophile referred to simply as 'B'
Premise: The true crime documentary follows the bewildering events leading up, and following twelve-year-old Jan Broberg's abduction in the 1970s. Jan's naïve Idahoan family falls under the spell of their family friend from church Robert Berchtold who has Lolita-esque affection for Jan. He subsequently abducts, sexually abuses and brainwashes her into believing that she has a mission to birth a child with him to save the world before she turns sixteen. Jan gets kidnapped twice and her parents engage in a sexual affair with the predator.
One-sentence review: When that one creepy uncle makes his move on you during a Christmas party and goes way too far for way too long.
What the Internet is saying: "The parents should have been jailed."
For couples who enjoy musicals: Pose
Cast: Dominique Jackson in her breakout role as Elektra Abundance, alongside Evan Peters, MJ Rodriguez and Indya Moore
Premise: Created by Ryan Murphy (GLEE), Pose explores the transgender ballroom scene in New York City in the 1980s. Exploring the catty rivalries between competing houses and the struggles of the dancers, Pose serves up plenty of shade, glamour and insight around a marginalised community.
Trivia: Pose breaks new ground for featuring the largest cast of trans actors ever for a scripted TV series.
One-sentence review: Imagine cult documentary Paris Is Burning received Ryan Murphy's gilded touch.
What the Internet is saying: "I'm so into voguing right now."
Release date: Pose is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
For couples who like a little freaky and funny: Russian Doll
Cast: Orange is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne as Nadia Vulvokov
Premise: A new Netflix production co-created by Lyonne, Russian Doll tells the story of Nadia who dies during her 36th birthday party and has to relive the party over and over again. Nadia is trapped in a time loop and comes face-to-face with death in different and absurd ways each time. Russian Doll is more than a dark comedy and definitely nowhere close to the quintessential love story.
Trivia: Nadia dies a staggering 22 times from start to finish.
One-sentence review: Watching a high-strung New Yorker experience death and déjà vu repeatedly is strangely relaxing.
What the Internet is saying: "Plot twist: Nicky got high and this is just her hallucination."